Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An imaginary friend, I was prepared for...

When I was little, like preschool age, I remember having an imaginary friend I named John Keller. John lived in the house up the street (at least in my mind) which I later learned was a preschool. I guess "he" was male because I had plenty of sisters to play with, who needed another girl, right? My sister Beth also had an imaginary friend namedToddy Faego(sp?), who lived in a nearby tree.

I think my friend sounds MUCH more realistic, don't you?

So, I kind of expected my own kids to make up imaginary friends of their own. My oldest, Zachary, never did. I think he always had enough real friends of his own to play with. But my younger son, Noah, he's home alone with me a lot of the time.

After our trip up North for Thanksgiving, Noah suddenly started talking about his "new family". He must have really enjoyed his time up there, because he started talking about living with his cousin, Scott, or moving in with his grandmother. But now, weeks later, his little fantasy has expanded to include an entirely brand new "other family". He's constantly telling me about his "new mom". When I won't let him do something, he tells me that his "New Mom" would.

This New Mom him do all kinds of fun things. She says he can get a dog. She lives in a house with stairs and has daughters he can play with, his "new sisters", not like his real brother who just beats on him all day.

When I complained the other day how bumpy the road was we were driving on, he told me his "new mom" drives a van with wings, and she could just fly over the bumpy road.

Wow. Lucky!

In fact, he talks about his new mom so much lately, I actually find myself getting a little jealous of her. I mean, does he have to like her so much? How does she do it all? She sounds like Superwoman, or something. In fact, if she's so perfect, why doesn't she come deal with him when he's having a meltdown at the grocery store?!

And then I have to remind myself that she's just a figment of his imagination.


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bwah ha ha ha!!

Thanks for passing it on, Jill!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Still another carpool quote...

Zachary was telling me how yesterday the power went off "again" at his school. I asked him if the power went out often and he told me the power was on more than it was off. (That's good to know, right?) But then he said they read a book instead of using "the thing that shows stuff on the the wall".

Me: You mean the filmstrip projector?
Zachary: What's a "film"?

I explained the concept of a filmstrip, then realized I'm just too old. No kid in this century has been forced to sit through a filmstrip, have they?

Do you remember hoping to be the kid picked to run the filmstrip machine? You got to turn the little knob to advance the frame when you heard the recording chime. Usually only the well-behaved, responsible kids got to do it, because it was easy to mess up, and then the narration didn't match the photo on the filmstrip.

Man, I'm old.

It dawned on me that not only do today's kids not know what a filmstrip is, they also have never watched an actual "film" during an assembly. They've never seen anyone load the film reels into the giant projector, or had an assembly end early because the film broke halfway through.

It finally came out that they use an overhead projector in his class. (Ah! Finally, something that doesn't make me feel ancient!) Zachary wanted to know if those were expensive, "like $60 or $70?" I assured him that, yes, they were expensive. He then announced his teacher must be very rich.

She'd probably get a laugh out of that one, don't you think?

Monday, December 3, 2007

Today's carpool quote...

Me: Zachary, I saw you didn't eat the pumpkin muffin I gave you. Didn't you like it?

Um, yeah, I just didn't have time to eat it.

I don't want to make them again if you didn't like them. What kind of muffins will you eat? Do you like blueberry?

Noah (Zachary's little brother):
I like muffins with frosting and sprinkles!

Yeah, of course you do. Those are called CUPCAKES.